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Larry VWest Peak Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2007

Larry V

Climbed East SP in the morning and West SP in the afternoon, from separate trailheads. Under 2 hours from Cordova Pass to summit. Worst part was the gnats/fleas on the summit! Millions of flea eggs incubating in the snowbanks. Gag. Climbed with Alan and Eric.
Posted Jul 8, 2007 8:59 pm

weeds19Fun day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2007


This is a great hike! The mellow portion through the forest followed by a steep climb above treeline. A great way to spend the morning.
Posted Jun 28, 2007 7:21 pm

Sarah SimonExcept for the gnats...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2001

Sarah Simon

...this was a fantastic outing. Only one other party on mountain. I love looking south from home and seeing this peak and it's eastern partner on a clear day.
Posted Apr 19, 2007 7:40 pm

boisedocQuick one  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 1989


After passing by this mountain numerous times on I-25, had to go climb it. Quick talus hop via the usual route. Good views out into the plains.
Posted Dec 17, 2006 5:15 am

royswkrEasy hike up highly-visible pea  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 1993
Posted Sep 22, 2006 2:39 pm

jstanleyHighest Peak
Date Climbed: May 30, 1998


My son Thomas and I climbed this peak on a fine sunny day by the usual route. It was Tom's highest peak at the time.
Posted Jun 18, 2006 3:29 am

Joel HopperRoute Climbed: West Peak trail Date Climbed: Summer 1998  Sucess!

Joel Hopper

My original intent was just to mountainbike from Cuchara to the base of the mountain, but the call was too strong & I wound up climbing it in my stiff-soled cycling shoes. I left my bike by the last carin at the bottom. It is an easy climb with great summit views. It amounts to an easy boulder scramble.
Posted Feb 20, 2006 6:20 pm

jclementsRoute Climbed: West Peak Trail Date Climbed: September 11th, 2001  Sucess!


Climbed this before, but did this with my oldest friend and a new partner I met online. I remember this day well. Most other summits I've forgotten the year and month. My friend had just gotten a cell phone and his wife called him with the news as we were almost at the the TH.
Posted Dec 21, 2005 11:51 am

mmoerkRoute Climbed: West Peak Trail Date Climbed: August 7, 2005  Sucess!


Climbed with Amanda, Bill, Tiffany, and Bailey. This is a fun route, with some really cool views. I saw a bighorn sheep up on the ridge, but nobody else saw her and they think I'm crazy.
Posted Sep 6, 2005 9:59 am

HelgaRoute Climbed: Cordova Pass Route Date Climbed: 9.4.05  Sucess!


Great mountain with magnificent views of East Peak, Greenhorn, Blanca, Lindsey , Bear.....and more.... Peaceful car camping at TH in a starry night sky!
Posted Sep 5, 2005 9:16 pm

Scott WisherRoute Climbed: West Peak Trail Date Climbed: July 16, 2005  Sucess!

Scott Wisher

Arrived at the Cordova Pass TH during a massive thunderstorm on Friday night and set up camp. It was very cold that first night, even at that elevation, for July. I'm estimating that is was in the mid-30's.

We were on the trail by 0645 the next morning and at treeline by 0800. We followed the somewhat marked trail until around 12,500. For some unknown reason, we decided to head off the trail and attempt a more direct climb to the summit. An extremely bad idea that turned out to be. We ended up climbing nearly 1,000 vertical feet, on what appeared to be one of the steepest faces of the mountain, while crawling on all four's. This portion of the mountain was all talus and extremely hard to maneuver in and probably quite dangerous. We probably cost ourselves 30 to 45 minutes on our ascent. Learn from our mistake: stay on the trail. We made it to the summit at 1000. From up there, you've got great views of the Wet Mountains, southern Sangre's including the Blanca Massif, and East Spanish Peak.

The descent, while relatively easy, is hard on the knees. Be careful because there are some loose areas where footing is suspect.

You can find more pictures than what I've posted here .

Posted Jul 17, 2005 11:23 pm

Jay MoonRoute Climbed: West Peak trail Date Climbed: June 20th 2005  Sucess!

Jay Moon

Perfect weather. Hit the trail at 0815 and made the summit at 1221. More snow than I expected for mid June (all above treeline) Met two more climbers at the tree-line who went as far as the first false summit with me. Tough scramble going back down. New to the mountains so I thought I'd bag a less technical mountain as my first of what hopefully will be many summits.
Posted Jun 27, 2005 12:14 pm

orangehatRoute Climbed: West Peak Trail Date Climbed: May 21, 2005


Arrived at Cordova Pass at 2am Friday, slept in the car through gusty winds. Hit the trail at 7:30am, still windy but not too cold. Way more snow than last winter (this was my second attempt); could barely see the tops of the trailhead signs. Postholed for a quarter mile and called it quits. Snowshoes would have worked. Oh well, the third time's the charm...
Posted May 30, 2005 1:29 pm

easleygoneRoute Climbed: West Peak Trail Date Climbed: June 1989  Sucess!
Tough little climb. And very enjoyable. Saw quite

a few mountain sheep.
Posted Apr 13, 2005 12:21 am

jtreeRoute Climbed: SW ridge Date Climbed: Early 1970's  Sucess!


Drove in from Aguilar with my Dad, brothers and a host of uncles and cousins for a mass assult on the mountain. My first major mountain climb. I don't remember too much except none of the adults made it to the top. It was a lot of fun for a tyke such as myself.

Posted Jan 8, 2005 5:50 pm

csmcgranahanRoute Climbed: Southwest ridge Date Climbed: May, 2002  Sucess!


This was a great hike with over 1,500 feet of bouldering up the southwest ridge. Once on top the views were simply amazing. At the time I was living in Illinois and was not used to looking down on clouds. Sweet views of the Blanca massif, Pikes Peak, and the southern Sangre De Cristos.
Posted Oct 31, 2004 9:53 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: West Peak Trail, descent via Apishapa Trail Date Climbed: September 12, 2004  Sucess!


I've been wanting West Spanish for a long time. Cilmbing it the day after Culebra seemed sensible. Spent the night at Cordova Pass and hit the trail late Sunday morning. The summit views are astounding! We used a car drop so we could descend the Apishapa Trail. Unfortunately, the dykes that were advertised on the sign at Cordova Pass were very few. In fact, the only dramatic dykes are within a quarter-mile of the base of the trail. Better to drive down to the Apishapa Trailhead and hike the quarter-mile in than to use this as a descent route. On the other hand, it is a pleasant enough forest hike. I highly recommend West Spanish! A trip report is available here
Posted Sep 14, 2004 1:15 am

DaveCRoute Climbed: from the middle Date Climbed: june 03  Sucess!


finally done with 14ers, i'd been wanting to hit spanish peaks for years. loose ascending, but a great ridge walk once up.
Posted May 21, 2004 9:45 pm

big_gRoute Climbed: West Peak Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2003


Climbed the standard route from Cordova Pass. Saw a few people on the trail but not too many. The parking lot was full.

I had been itching to climb this for a while since seeing it from the hwy. Glad that I finally did.
Posted Sep 2, 2003 10:12 pm

screehopperRoute Climbed: Southwest ridge. Date Climbed: July, 6, 2003  Sucess!


A good mountain for a novice mountaineer like myself. This was my second mountian over 4,000 meters. Scree and talus make for terrible footing.
Posted Jul 9, 2003 8:32 pm

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